Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Health Science & Technology I
Blizzard Bag II

Career Questions

In your career search you identified requirements of various careers including income, education, job outlook, and specific skills pertinent to the career.  To understand further what exactly is needed, below are some specific questions designed to help you better understand what is necesary for specific careers, and understand terms associated educations.  Answer the questions, and be prepared to discuss in class tomorrow.

1.  Explain the differences and similarities between secondary and post-secondary health care education?

2.  For each of the post-secondary degrees listed, state how many years of education are required to obtain the degree.  For each degree, give three examples of specific health care careers that require the degree for entry level workers.

      a.  Associate's degree
      b.  Bachelor's degree
      c.  Masters degree
      d.  Doctorate

3.  Diferentiate between certification, registration, and licensure.

4.  What are CEU's?  Why are they required in many health care careers?

5.  What is an entrepreneur?  Identify five examples of health care careers that may  be an entrepreneur.

6.  Choose one health care career in which you have an interest.  Use references or search the internet to list ten specific tasks performed by personnel in the career.

Health Science & Technology I Blizzard Bag I

Professionalism is an integral part of being successful in the workplace.  When you've gone to the doctor's office you've been in an environment that requires professionalism of its employees.
     In dealing with the public it is especially important to be professional - but what does that mean?

For this assignment think about qualities of professionals you've seen in the workplace, and answer the following questions.

1.  What are 5 characteristics of a professional?


2. Think of a time when you were in an environment where you expected to someone to be professional
    and they weren't.  Describe what happened, and then describe  how their actions affected you.

3.  What are things that could've affected this persons behavior?  Put yourself in their shoes, imagining that
      that the reason they acted unprofessionally was due to some bad news about a close relative.  Maybe,
      they also needed to come to work because they hadn't been there long enough to take a sick day. 
     Describe some skills or techniques that would help them to get through the day.  Name at least three.

4.  Imagine that you are going for a college interview.  Name 5 things you need to do for the admissions
     counselor to think of you as a strong candidate

5.  What are some things you can do to prepare for this interview.  Be prepared to discuss your answers to
     these questions in class.
HST II   Blizzard Bag II

Answer the following:

     1.   What is advocacy?

     2.    What do the following groups advocate?

              -   Salvation Army
              -   Humane Society
              -   Autism Speaks
              -   National Guard
              -   HOSA



     3. Does it help to be able to advocate for yourself?

     4. Is healthcare advocacy different than advocacy for other groups. If so, How?

     5. Have you every advocated for something or someone? If so, write an essay about

          what you did, and the impact it had. If not then do 6.

      6. Mrs Guild is an 89 year old woman who is legally blind, and cannot speak. You know from her

          non-verbal behavior that she is well aware of what is going on around her. Every time you work with

          her you can tell that she does not like the food she is receiving. Name at least three ways that you can

          advocate for her, and then specifically discuss how you would go about it.


HST II Case Study

Health Science & Technology II (Senior class)

Please read the following case study, and answer the questions to follow:

Mrs. X was found lying on her living floor at 1600 hours, on January 10th, by a neighbor who had been trying to call her all day.  The neighbor could see a person lying on the floor from looking in the living room window and called 911, but could not enter the house, due to the doors being locked.

When EMS entered the house, one of the workers noticed an odd smell.  Mrs. X was semi-conscious, but unable to answer questions.
Her vital signs were:  94-98-12  100/50.  Her O2 Sat: 95% on RA.
Her lungs were clear, abdomen soft, skin cool, dry, pale.  She had a german shephard who was unaffected.

She was placed in the ambulance and hooked up to a heart monitor, which showed a rapid but normal heart rhythm.

The outside temperature on January 10th was  -10 degree Farenheit.
The neighbor, states that Mrs. X. lives alone, has a mental disability, and lives on medicare/medicaid.


1.  What environmental factors could be contributing to her condition?

2.  Mrs. X has no known medical history, and recently had her  Keppra, and Ativan (look them up) renewed by her primary care physician.  She is not under psychiatric care.  What medication factors could be contributing to her condition?  What types of drugs are these?

3.  Upon arriving at the hospital, Mrs. X has received 500mls of NaCl solution, through a R AC IV.  Her consciousness is unchanged, however her vital signs are now:  96-80-14 110/60.  O2 Sat: 95% on RA.
Given the little information you have what can you surmise about her condition? (is she improving or worsening)  What is a possible diagnosis at this point?  What data can you use to back up your diagnosis?

4.  When you give report to the hospital staff what are you going to report?